NSS Space Settlement Contest 2022

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NSS Space Settlement Contest 2022

NSS Space Settlement Contest 2022 now is over!

NSS Space Settlement Contest 2022: The NSS Space Settlement Contest 2022 is now opened for entries seeking for designs, original research, essays, stories, models, artwork or any other orbital space settlement related materials, invites students around the world to participate.

Short description

The National Space Society (NSS) invites all students around the world up to 12th grade (18 years old) to participate in its NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest 2022. Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to living on the Moon or other planets. The work of Princeton physicist Dr. O’Neill and others have shown that such colonies are technically feasible, although expensive. Settlers of this high frontier are expected to live inside large air-tight rotating structures holding hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people along with the animals, plants, and single celled organisms vital to comfort and survival. There are many advantages to living in orbit: zero-g recreation, environmental independence, plentiful solar energy, and terrific views to name a few. There is plenty of room for everyone who wants to go; the materials from a single asteroid can build space colonies with living space equal to about 500 times the surface area of the Earth.

Whay should settlements be in orbit? Mars and our Moon have a surface gravity far below Earth normal. Children raised in low-g will not develop bones and muscles strong enough to visit Earth comfortably. In contrast, orbital colonies can be rotated to provide Earth normal pseudo-gravity in the main living areas.
Submissions must relate to free space settlements. Settlements may not be on a planet or moon, although support activities such as mining may be. Settlements must be permanent homes, not temporary work camps. Submissions may focus on one or a few aspects of space settlement and supporting systems, including mines, activities leading up to settlement (such as space hotels), economic and social issues, etc.

Contest submissions may include designs, original research, essays, stories, models, artwork or any other orbital space settlement related materials may be submitted.

Students can design entire colonies or focus on one aspect of orbital living. A class or school may submit a joint project where small teams tackle different areas in a coordinated fashion.

Results will be announced on August 2022.

Who may enter?

This competition is for all students at up to 12th grade from anywhere in the world.


The best submission, regardless of category, wins the grand prize, consisting of the space settlement submission being placed on the contest offical website.

Entry fees:

The registration fee is $15 and can be waived in hardship cases.

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